Aaron May’s Grilled Quail with Pomegranate, as seen on Guy's Ranch Kitchen, season 6.
Recipe courtesy of Aaron May

Grilled Quail with Pomegranate

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 35 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
Quail is one of my favorite birds to cook and plentiful around the Southwest—a truly beautiful flavor and expression of poultry. This recipe pairs it with pomegranate, another ingredient in abundance in Arizona.


Pomegranate Relish:

Grilled Quail:


Special equipment:
a grill or grill pan
  1. For the pomegranate relish: In a small bowl, combine the parsley, mint, pomegranate seeds, shallot, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. For the grilled quail: In a large bowl, add the quail. Add the soy sauce, juice of the lemon and orange, juiced citrus halves and ginger. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high and oil the grill grates. Remove the quail from the marinade and pat dry. Rub the quail with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until charred and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the quail and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. When ready, place the quail on a platter and top with the pomegranate relish.